Aquarium & Tropical Fish Site
Tropical Fish Forums
Aquarium fishkeeping around the world!
ChatChat  HelpHelp   Search BoardSearch Board   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups 
 ProfileProfile   Check your private messagesCheck your private messages   Log inLog in   RegisterRegister 
 Forum Index > Marine Equipment and Chemistry  Reply to topic   Post new topic
Author Message
New Members

Joined: 10 Jul 2008
Location: Southwest Louisiana

PostPosted: 2008.07.15(Tue)22:26    Post subject: Skimmer Reply with quote

I went to my local pet shop. They are are telling me I should use a Bak-Pak 2 Skimmer which has a wet/dry fiter built in to it. I already have a cansiter filter. This is on a 36 gallon tank. Does this sound right????
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website

Joined: 04 Jul 2004

PostPosted: 2008.07.16(Wed)19:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

I feel like a quality skimmer is a great addition for most marine aquariums. Notice I said quality, lots of junk on the market, your research will lead to joy. The unit you are describing is somewhat unique in that it also has a wet dry filter, which is great for CONVERTING ammonia but also a nitrate factory, and depending on your goals this could be a problem for invertebrates. The trend these days is nutrient EXPORT vs. nutrient CONVERSION. The skimmer is designed to remove or EXPORT the organics before they are CONVERTED to nitrates. If my goal was removing DOC's and avoiding high nitrates, I would go for a quality skimmer and forget about the wet dry. Do read the link below from my archives:

The ones I see a lot of good comments on, here and other forums, are the Super Skimmer by Coralife, the Won Brothers line, the ASM line and of course the EuroReef brand. Be advised, these things are rarely "set it and forget it" gizmos, they can require cleaning, maintenance, adjusting, etc. As you have already seen many of the products on the market are worthless junk, choose wisely, see link below.
Keepin' marines happy for 25 years
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
 Forum Index > Marine Equipment and Chemistry All times are GMT - 6 Hours Reply to topic   Post new topic
Jump to:  
  You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2008 phpBB Group

oF <=> oC in <=> cm G <=> L